coincidental

adjective
co·​in·​ci·​den·​tal | \ (ˌ)kō-ˌin(t)-sə-ˈden-tᵊl How to pronounce coincidental (audio) \

Definition of coincidental

1 : resulting from a coincidence a coincidental resemblance
2 : occurring or existing at the same time coincidental deaths

Examples of coincidental in a Sentence

The fact that he and his boss went to the same college was purely coincidental. the nearly coincidental deaths of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa
Recent Examples on the Web The timing of all the announcements is neither accidental nor coincidental. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 The fact that several holidays celebrated in the U.S. occur during flu season is coincidental, experts say. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2021 Warren suggested that this couldn’t be coincidental — the Japanese were in these locations to conduct surveillance and sabotage. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2021 Any resemblance to the DeWines' springer spaniel Dolly is coincidental. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 25 Oct. 2021 While previous studies showed the neutrino came from the same area of the sky as AT2019dsg, the location may be coincidental as the new work suggests the black hole was not nearly energetic enough (by an order of magnitude) to produce the neutrino. Elizabeth Howell, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 The timing of your diagnosis and the reconnection with your sister does seem more than coincidental, and, in my opinion, awareness of your own mortality is the best reason in the world to reconnect. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Sep. 2021 The timing of your diagnosis and the reconnection with your sister does seem more than coincidental, and, in my opinion, awareness of your own mortality is the best reason in the world to reconnect. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, 22 Sep. 2021 The timing of your diagnosis and the reconnection with your sister does seem more than coincidental, and, in my opinion, awareness of your own mortality is the best reason in the world to reconnect. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 22 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of coincidental

circa 1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coincidental

coincident + -al entry 1

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23 Dec 2021

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“Coincidental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coincidental. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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coincidental

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of coincidental

: happening because of a coincidence : not planned

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